Lotus Elan

Frame update

PostPost by: Alpine_Ian » Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:52 pm

Spent the day assembing the frame on my Elan today. I'm still waiting on my new Lotocones and some AN hardware to arrive, but it's mostly there. I should have it all buttoned up next weekend.

Next step is to finish the engine. My timing chain cover is damaged so I'm going top replace it with one of Dave Bean's replacement units with the replaceable waterpump. Once that is finished I'll be ready to install the engine, trans and diff. Can anyone tell me the correct color for the engine block? Also... can anyone recommend a reliable source to rebuild my Weber carbs? THANKS!

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PostPost by: marcfuller » Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:55 pm

Looks great Ian.

The block, head, timing case and sump are all the same color from "factory" It seems to me that most people in the US just use Ford Gray. Wilkins wrote that the "correct" color was a Ford Gray with a "touch of blue added".

As for your Webers, if they don't need to be rebushed you could probably do it yourself. What is the condition of the throttle spindles?
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PostPost by: Alpine_Ian » Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:57 pm

marcfuller wrote:
As for your Webers, if they don't need to be rebushed you could probably do it yourself. What is the condition of the throttle spindles?


Thanks for the infor on the engine color. I've not "dug in" to the Webers yet. I will know soon though. One thing at a time you know... :wink:
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PostPost by: ianf » Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:01 pm

Ian

My block was painted in Ferguson Tractor Grey (T21) and looks ok. The chap who painted it insisted it was the original colour but he had a tractor being restored in his shop at the time and probably had a spare tin!

Looking forward to seeing the finished car (probably not quite as much as you).

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PostPost by: M100 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:23 pm

As Graham Arnold (ex sales director) once said, the correct colour for the blocks was whatever shade of grey the local suppliers had in stock at the time.
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PostPost by: poiuyt » Sat Mar 11, 2006 7:43 pm

The best color is one that complements the color of the oil that will be leaking on the block!

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PostPost by: Alpine_Ian » Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:04 am

Ok. cool... am I also correct in understanding that the head, and timing chain cover are to be painted as well?

And while we are at it... what is correct on the tranny? I have one painted silver and one painted black.
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PostPost by: marcfuller » Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:48 am

correct in understanding that the head, and timing chain cover are to be painted as well?
Yes, gray.

what is correct on the tranny?
Black is most correct. (Although I would not be surprised to learn that Lotus had sourced a few that were red oxide.)
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PostPost by: Alpine_Ian » Wed Mar 22, 2006 12:20 am

Excellent! Thanks guys!
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